ELKE VAN HOORWEGHE, M.Sc., M.Ed., PCC

Here is my story.


I stood at the crossroads of life and career not once, but three times, experiencing the whirlwind of emotions and
uncertainty first-hand. I know the weight of these challenges.

In my own journey, I’ve transitioned from a medical research career to the corporate world, from expert to managerial positions, and ultimately embraced my true calling as a professional coach and successful business owner.

As a clinical researcher and subsequently a clinical trial manager I was coordinating and overseeing the execution of clinical trials in 7 European countries. Later, in the USA, I was responsible for research teams conducting clinical trials and behavioural studies in 9 different states.

Early in my corporate career, I worked in talent management, talent acquisition and talent development. I worked with scientists, engineers, researchers, program managers, R&D managers, and Business Development managers, amongst others.

My remit was to boost their leadership & people management skills, to initiate them in the unwritten rules of social group dynamics & leading technical people (who, by the way, don’t like to be managed).

Later in my career, I worked with executives and executive teams to overcome territorial struggles and build team alliances.
During all those years, my coaching practice kept growing. I have had the privilege to guide hundreds of experts and leaders from all over the world through their growth and transitions.

The most fulfilling aspect of my work is witnessing their transformations and then witnessing them take flight, soar, and thrive.

Fluent in English, Dutch, and French, I am well-equipped with the expertise and strategies to assist you in overcoming any obstacle.

I am a mother of two, I travelled the world with my husband who used to be an Air Force fighter pilot. I moved 6 times and lived in different parts of the globe.

I had to adapt to different cultures, people, habits, companies, and environments, and that was not always easy.

I often missed my family, and my friends, and had to create a new life each time.

I love sports, adventure, and nature. I particularly enjoy high-endurance competitive sports. When I was younger, I was a national-level athlete and college-level champion, knowing what it takes to stay at the top of your game physically and mentally.


What I bring to the table is:

  • 15 years of executive and leadership coaching
  • 10+ years of boosting leaders and their teams for better connection and performance
  • 10+ years of training leaders in leadership growth, people management and organisational dynamics
  • 10+ years of experience in headhunting, selecting, recruiting, and assessing
  • Coaching expertise, having coached hundreds of experts and executives from multiple different nationalities in managing their professional growth
  • 8 years of international R&D experience in clinical trials, brain science, and clinical behavioural studies
  • 6 years of core talents analysis & leadership talent analyses
  • International management experience both in Europe and the USA

Relevant Education and Credentials

Master’s degree in Medical Sciences, University of Ghent, 1996
Educational Master, University of Ghent, 1998
Private Coaching Practice, since 2009
Business Owner at Learn Lead Live, since 2015
Managing Partner at NoticeTheDifference since 2016

  • Certified International Clinical Research Professional, USA, 2007
  • ICF-Certified Professional Coach, USA, 2009
  • Insights Discovery Practitioner, Belgium, Brussels, 2010
  • Certified Facilitator – Manage your Professional Growth program, UK, 2011
  • Transformational Leadership Coach, USA/NL, 2012
  • Certified Voices 360° Feedback Coach and Leadership Architect Practitioner, UK, 2012
  • Certified Practitioner of the me² Creative Strengths Indicator, UK, 2013
  • Certified Facilitator – Leading technical people, UK, 2014
  • Systemic Executive Team Coach, Belgium/NL, 2017
  • Certified Coretalents Analyst, Belgium, Antwerp, 2018
  • Certified NLP and Hypnotherapy Practitioner, UK, 2022

Why work with me as your Executive Coach?

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Over the past couple of years, Elke has become an invaluable asset to our organization. With a deep understanding of our business dynamics, she has consistently delivered desired results. Through her expertise, our managers and teams have grown, leading to stronger leadership and resilient teams.
Paul Buysse
Executive Vice President Life Sciences, JSR Micro
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The workshops on professional growth that Elke conducted with us left us all inspired and wanting more!
iNGE BIEN
Learning & development manager, ikea
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I wanted to know what kind of leader I naturally was, my strengths and weaknesses, drivers, and motivators. Thanks to Elke’s process I now know what growth opportunities to pursue – and which not!
-Dr. Johan Newell
Department Head Psychiatry, University-Hospital Brugmann